This trip may be a bit sharp for Excuse To Linger nowadays but he looks the pick of the three-year-olds ahead of the inconsistent Shafaani, who beat Arctic Lynx at Yarmouth in July, and Sylvia Pankhurst. But we are giving another chance to the normally reliable COMMANCHE, who may be high enough in the weights at present but has a talented 3lb claimer on board and a decent record on Polytrack. Clear Praise isn't out of this, despite top weight, and it would be no surprise to see a better run from Waking Warrior with the blinkers applied. Howyadoingnosobad is often placed but usually in a lower grade than this.
Clear Praise (USA) 5-1 (9-3) Steadied and switched left start, held up in rear, switched right halfway, no progress and hung right over 1f out, 10th of 11, 14l behind Slip Sliding Away (9-2) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep.
Al's Memory (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 13, 4l behind Cruise Tothelimit (9-0) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Shafaani 11-1 (9-4) Led, headed narrowly 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on until no extra and lost place towards finish, 5th of 8, 3l behind Jubilante (9-1) at Pontefract 6f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Sep.
Excuse To Linger 9-1 (9-6) Pulled hard in mid-division, headway halfway, never on terms, 6th of 9, 3l behind Sir Mike (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Signor Sassi 4-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 8th of 10, 6l behind Trinityelitedotcom (8-11) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Commanche 4-1fav (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 2l behind New Fforest (8-8) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Piddie's Power 16-1 (9-8) Taken to post early, raced far side tracked overall leader, ridden over 2f out, hampered over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 5th of 10, 2l behind Skytrain (8-13) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Arctic Lynx (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Mid-division, driven when fell 3f out, in a race won by Dungannon (9-3) at Ascot 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep, 16 ran.
Waking Warrior 22-1 (8-4) Towards rear stand side, headway over 1f out, no impression 9th of stand side group, 12th of 24, 5l behind Hazelrigg (8-9) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Sep.
Sylvia Pankhurst (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Chased leaders on outside, outpaced over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 21l behind Purcell (9-7) at Chester 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug.
Half A Billion (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Chased leaders far side, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, finished last in far side group, last of 27, 20l behind Circuitous (8-11) at Ayr 6f hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Howyadoingnotsobad (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Shamahan (9-7) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Aug.